The ACT Program provides community based services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Their mental illness may also be accompanied by a substance abuse disorder and/or a developmental disability. ACT is an evidenced based, recovery
oriented service delivery model that provides a holistic, multidisciplinary approach of consumer care. ACT support services are not time bound. The primary goals of the program are to lessen or eliminate the debilitating symptoms of mental illness each consumer
experiences, minimize or prevent recurrent acute episodes of the illness and to enhance quality of life and functioning. ACT serves consumers in Jefferson Parish and the Greater New Orleans area.
The function of the Mental Health Professional is to provide clinical services to consumers. The Mental Health Professional job responsibilities include assessment, mental status exams, crisis intervention, treatment planning, and provision of therapeutic interventions.
Essential Duties and Functions
Provide services at times and locations convenient to clients.
Provide on-call, after-hour support to clients as scheduled.
Provide face-to-face services in the client’s home, in public places, wherever necessary.
Ensure clients have access to and utilize the ACT after-hours on-call staff for emergencies or after-hour support.
Utilize Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Stages of Change techniques to engage and provide treatment to clients.
Provide clinical treatment for mental health and substance abuse/dependence, incorporating recovery-based, client-centered treatment approaches and harm reduction strategies.
Utilize evidence-based interventions and therapeutic techniques to address consumer’s mental health symptoms and coping skills.
Assume lead roles with designated clients. Develop, coordinate, and implement treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for these cases.
Provide relapse prevention training and on-going education as outlined in the treatment plan of clients.
Develop treatment plans, early intervention plans, and recovery action plans with clients.
Assist with medication monitoring of self-administration and medication education.
Perform crisis intervention.
Provide direct assistance with family of clients in areas such as in-home family education and relationship building.
Provide transportation assistance to consumers; including public transportation or use of private vehicle. Assist clients in becoming transportation independent.
Provide assertive outreach when necessary to engage clients.
Assure continuity of care when client is in the hospital, jail, respite, etc.
Actively participate in on-site discharge planning for new ACT referrals preparing to leave an impatient unit to become a client of ACT.
Engage in collateral consultation and service coordination planning meetings.
Submit accurate and on-time chart documentation and reports
Submit accurate and on-time mileage reimbursement documentation
Document telephone and face-to-face contacts with consumers on program progress notes (due the next day after face-to-face contact).
Document all collateral contacts and community-based activities.
Complete a monthly statistical summary on primary consumers and submit by the first of each month.
Perform monthly self-audits of all documentation to ensure accuracy
Maintain up-to-date consumer charts, statistical forms; and other information and documentation as required.
A Master’s Degree in Social Work or Counseling
License preferred (LCSW, LPC)
The ability to make ethical clinical decisions in demanding situations
The ability to interact professionally with clients, their families and other professionals
Organizational skills; ability to complete documentation timely and accurately
Experience required: 3 yrs
Valid Driver's License
Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic
information, veteran, or disability status.
Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.